Hamline News

September 02, 2010

Pipers open season with split at St. Olaf tournament

Hamline defeated Bethany Lutheran 25-22, 25-15, 25-22 in the first match of the evening. After falling behind 3-1 to begin the contest, Molly Schroeder (Sr., Buffalo, Minn.) had a pair of service aces to help the Pipers win the next four points for a 5-3 lead.

Leading by a point, 15-14, later in the set, Baker and Schroeder each had a kill en route to another string of four straight points. The Vikings couldn't close the gap to fewer than two points in the rest of the set as the Pipers took a 1-0 lead.

Hamline once again held a 15-14 lead in the second set and this time put together seven straight points to go up 22-14. The Pipers capitalized on three Bethany Lutheran attack errors and ended the streak with an Anna Murie (Sr., Grand Forks, N.D.) service ace.

Bethany Lutheran managed just one more point in the set as Hamline gained a 2-0 advantage.

In the third set, the Vikings took an early 5-0 lead, but the Pipers slowly picked away at the deficit. Down 12-10, Hamline had a five-point run to take the lead. Bethany Lutheran briefly held a lead again at 15-14, but it was a short-lived advantage. Hamline won the next two points to take back control of the scoreboard and led until the end of the match.  

Baker had 12 kills while Murie had 11 digs to lead the Piper defensive play. Schroeder tallied four service aces in the match.

In the second match of the evening, St. Olaf posted a 25-15, 25-10, 25-12 victory over Hamline.

The Oles scored the first five points of the opening set, and controlled the remainder of the frame. In the second set, the Oles put together a string of seven straight points while leading 11-7 to jump out to an 18-7 advantage, and they took control early in the third for the three-set sweep.

Murie and Baker had four kills apiece while Heidi Larsen (Sr., Andover, Minn.) had 11 digs.

Hamline opens the season a 1-1 overall with the pair of non-conference matches. They will remain at St. Olaf to play Martin Luther at 6:00 p.m. and Presentation at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 3.